Charlotte Balbier
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lilac & lilies. a super stylish wedding at the leeds club – rachel & tom

October 28th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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When we first set eyes on today’s real wedding we were totally blown away by the bride’s cool and individual style, perfectly showcasing how to make your big day attire your own.

Wearing an insanely beautiful lilac, bias-cut silk dress, Rachel exudes Hollywood glamour by the bucket load, completing her look with a sparking birdcage veil headpiece and shower style bouquet. We love!

As the couple’s stylish choice of venue didn’t have a marriage license, Rachel and Tom made things legal with a ceremony at Leeds Town Hall a few days previous, and yes, they looked flippin’ gorgeous for that bit too!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Mark Newton Photography.

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rachel says: We got engaged on 29th February 2012, at the Bier Keller in Leeds. We’d randomly gone there for a drink after. After a discussion about wedding and such things, I decided to ask Tom to marry me, we had been together for five years after all. He said yes and we both got quite emotional. I was lucky enough to inherit my grandmother’s engagement ring so we didn’t have to buy one.

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We had our legal ceremony at Leeds Town Hall on 18th May 2015, as unfortunately the venue we wanted to have our wedding at didn’t have a licence to marry us there. We then had a blessing at The Leeds Club on 29th May, as part of our wedding celebrations. I always remember walking past the venue as a child and seeing the business men in the wing back chairs and being really fascinated as to what was inside.

We chose lilac and sage green for the wedding scheme, as we wanted colours that would complement the venue and that also matched my dress.

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I was lucky enough to have two wedding dresses as we had the two ceremonies. For the town hall I wore head to toe Vivienne Westwood. For the blessing, I was fortunate enough to have a bespoke dress from the amazing Glory Days, in York. My dress was based on 1940’s Hollywood glamour and the dresses worn by Joan Crawford. It was lilac bias cut silk, with an open back and fishtail train. It was the best dress ever.

Tom wore a suit from River Island for the town hall and then a three-piece 60’s style, royal blue suit from Topman for the blessing.

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Both my bridesmaids have very different styles, so I asked them to wear their favourite dresses. Jules made her own 1940’s style cocktail dress and Suzanne wore a floor-length maxi dress from Seraphina.

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Fabulous Photographer: Vogue Shot

October 15th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It’s time to meet another of our Featured Suppliers, without whom his little corner of the interweb would certainly cease to exist.  This afternoon I’m introducing David of Vogue Shot Photography, based in Leeds.  Choosing a wedding photographer can be a very confusing (and dangerous) game – I wrote a little post about the process here – and it pays to get to know your chosen professional, how they operate and their style of work as best you can.  Search the blog for “Fabulous Photographer” and you’ll get to meet some of the best in the business and crucially: in your area.  For now, let’s say hello to David…

David says: I have been a photographer for about 10 years, studying photography at college and university. I got into wedding photography when a friend who had liked my work asked me to shoot their wedding, and I never looked back.

I chose to continue wedding photography after shooting my friend’s wedding because I loved the whole day. I try to capture the emotion and little moments that happen within a blink of an eye, those moments of pure joy and elation that otherwise might have been missed.

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Vogue Shot Photography

Vogue Shot Photography

My favourite thing about being a wedding photographer is the freedom of creativity, using my creativity to show a couples’ love and happiness with one another. I’m not there just to capture what happens on the day, but to capture the feeling of the day that will be remembered in 20 years time when my couple are looking back at their photos. That and the pure joy I see on the couples’ faces when they get to see the photos for the first time.

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Vogue Shot Photography

I am generally a calm and relaxed person so I think this helps couples relax and have fun whilst they are around me. When it’s just me and the wedding couple getting some shots, if they are a little camera shy I simply get them to interact with each other forget I am there, and I capture the real connection that happens between them. It’s never a ‘stand, face camera, smile’ approach with me.

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Vogue Shot Photography

So many couples say they don’t like having their photo taken, I always tell them not to worry that it’s going to be an organic approach, nothing too posed or false, this always seems to help. Wine helps!  I think my advice to brides would be choose a wedding photographer, who you not only like their style but that you feel comfortable around. This will help to put you more at ease on the day.

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Vogue Shot Photography

Vogue Shot Photography

If I could shoot any wedding it would probably be Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s.  He’s a cool stylish guy who I think would have a quirky and interesting wedding.

I am not married but when I do it will be a simple affair on a beach, a hand full of guests, cocktails, Cuban cigars… oh yeah, and my beautiful girlfriend.

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Vogue Shot Photography

Vogue Shot Photography

I think what sets me apart from other wedding photographers is my artistic style, capturing the day as it unfolds. I capture couples’ personalities not just their likeness. I want every wedding I do to be unique even if I shoot 10 weddings in the same venue I aim to make each wedding different.

I tell couples: your wedding is unique, your photos will be far away from the traditional and cheesy wedding photography you often see out there. My relaxed approach and likability means that my couples have a fun day, are relaxed and have some great unique images.

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Vogue Shot Photography

Vogue Shot Photography

On the day a wedding couple can expect a friendly professional service and to have everything of importance captured.

I will set up some shots but 90% of the time you won’t know I’m there. I will be in the in the background capturing the day as it happens and capturing the natural moments that occur.

Vogue Shot Photography

Vogue Shot Photography

Vogue Shot Photography

I have two packages;

Package one

Ceremony only.

Capturing bride, groom and guests as they arrive at the wedding ceremony.

Photos of the ceremony and family and group photos at ceremony venue.

Approximately 4-5 hours photography service with a USB memory stick containing 100-150 images professionally edited.

Password protected online gallery for friends and family to see your photos where ever they are.

Package two

Full day

Pre-wedding Engagement shoot or after wedding Trash the Dress shoot. Capturing from the moment the bride and groom begin getting ready until after the speeches and cake cutting, including full ceremony & reception coverage with family and friends.

Approximately 8-10 hours of photography.

USB memory stick containing approximately 250-300 high resolution images professionally edited.

Online password protected gallery for friends and family to see your photos where ever they are

A half day is £600 and a full day is £1000. Hand-made Italian wedding albums are available from £400.  I would like to offer a 10% discount to Brides Up North readers.  Please quote Brides Up North when booking.

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If you would like to see more of David’s work or to get in touch with him visit his website at www.vogueshot.co.uk

 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Vogue Shot Photography

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Lady in Red, A Real Wedding – Gurpreet & Lee

February 7th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North’s newest Featured Supplier and fab photographer Nathan Combes Photography sent me this beautiful Indian Real Wedding.  I hope that these fantastic images get your week off to an inspiring start!

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Gurpreet tells Brides Up North more: Our wedding was held on Sunday 19 September at 3pm. The venue was Hedsor House in Taplow. We chose the venue after a friend recommended it. Previously we had identified National Trust properties as the ideal venue for us, however the unpredictable weather in September meant that we needed somewhere that was suitable for all forecasts.

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I decided to dress my bridesmaids in gold sarees but found it impossible to find gold sarees in the UK. The five bridesmaids saress were sourced from Punjab, India. My sister in law went to India to visit family and managed to find five (two different types), she did a very good job indeed.

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My outfit was chosen at a shop called Santoshi in Southall. I knew I wanted to wear traditional red with traditional green trimming and gold embroidery. When I saw my chosen outfit in the shop it was blue with a very short top, so I told the designer I wanted the top to be longer and the outfit in red. Once I chose the shade of red I wanted, my measurements were taken and sent to India for the outfit to be tailor-made. I had to visualise the outfit I had chosen in the colour I had chosen and was very concerned it might look hideous when it arrived in the UK.

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The caterer was Delhicious Foods. Akhil the co owner of the company was our point of contact and he catered for the wedding day and the day before when lots of Indian traditional ceremonies took place. Akhil event-managed the wedding day and was absolutely fantastic, it made arranging a wedding in three months stress free!

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During the end of the evening, most of the guests had a few too many drinks and around 10 male guests decided that they would start to dance around on the dance floor to Bhangra music without their shirts on! What was that all about!?

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For our honeymoon, we travelled around New Zealand for three weeks and then relaxed in Fiji for a week.

Our friend that got us together 7 years ago lives in New Zealand so we thought it would be appropriate to complete the circle and see him.

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Venue – Hedsor House

Photographer – Nathan Combes Photography

Caterer – Delhilicious Foods

Car – Bentley Turbo on loan from the Bride’s brother

Bride’s dress – Santoshi, Southall

Groom’s suit – Richard James Saville Row, shirt by TM Lewin, shoes by Office

Bestman’s suit – Ben Sherman, London

Ties – Tie Rack

Cake – PJR Wedding Cakes in Southall

DJ – Massacre Sounds

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Brides and Photographers – contact Brides Up North to see your Real Wedding featured here!

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Nathan Combes Photography is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier

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